The Scottish Government have recently launched its Alcohol Framework for 2018.
The framework’s main commitments are:
- Putting the voices of children and young people at the heart of developing preventative measures on alcohol
- Evaluating the impact of minimum unit pricing during its first five years of operation
- Reviewing the minimum unit price following two full years of operation (after 01 May 2020)
- Scoping research into online and telephone alcohol sales
- Updating the statutory guidance on the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005
- Continuously reviewing the licensing system
- Continuing to building awareness and support for Alcohol Focus Scotland
- Reduce the harms caused by alcohol
- Pressing the UK Government to protect young people from exposure to alcohol marketing on television before the 21:00 watershed.
- Reviewing the appropriateness of mandatory restrictions on alcohol marketing
- Revising and improving the programme of substance use education in schools
- Improving communications and support offered to young people, especially those who are not present in traditional settings (eg. youth groups)
- Improving online resources
- Initiating a national awareness campaign
- Pressing for alcohol producers to display health information on products and packaging
- Improving awareness of the link between alcohol consumption and cancer
- Reviewing Alcohol Brief Interventions
- Preventing and reducing the harm of alcohol consumption during pregnancy
- Building awareness and resilience to reduce harm and improve life choices
- Reducing alcohol-related violence and crime
A full copy of the document can be found here.
Our Licensing team can support Scottish licenced premises in ensuring they comply with any new regulations as they arise from this framework. For more information and support, contact one of our alcohol and entertainment licensing solicitors by calling 01332 340 211 or emailing LicensingDept@flintbishop.co.uk.